If you are looking for online phonics games for Letters and Sounds, then you will love our free phase 2 online phonics games for kids. We’ve scratched our heads and done our research, and found the best phonics play ideas that children will really enjoy, and make them super keen to learn phonics.
Why use free phase 2 online phonics games for Kids?
Typically, children will start learning phase 2 phonics when they reach school age (age 4-5). Phase 2 phonics is the start of learning to read, and children will be introduced to a series of sounds week by week, as set out in the DfE Letters and Sounds framework (unless you are following another phonics scheme of work). Children will be taught the individual sounds, and will be taught to blend those sounds to make short three and four letter words. Some of the sounds have more than one letter (for example ss and ll) but most of the sounds only have one letter. Children are also taught a few “tricky words”, these are the words that cannot be decoded phonetically and have to be learnt by sight. Children easily pick up these tricky words and should not be encouraged to sound them out using the phase 2 sounds. By using phase 2 online phonics games, children can easily practise their phase 2 sounds and get into the habit of blending the sounds together – a key skill when it comes to their reading journey. Playing phase 2 interactive phonics games will help children learn through enjoyment and play, and will reinforce the skills they need for more complex reading stages.
What are the phase 2 tricky words?
The tricky words for phase 2 are:
What are the phase 2 phonics sounds?
There are 23 sounds in phase 2 and they are:-
- Set 1: s, a, t, p.
- Set 2: i, n, m, d.
- Set 3: g, o, c, k.
- Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
- Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
The sounds are split into sets, and one set is taught per week. If children are following the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme, then this is the order the the sounds will be taught in.
What are the best free phase 2 online phonics games for kids?
There are lots of easy phase 2 phonics games, and children definitely enjoy games like phase 2 Dragon’s Den and phase 2 Buried Treasure – real classics.
As we all know, children learn best through having fun and enjoying themselves, that’s where our free interactive phonics games come in! You can choose between a selection of phase 2 games that encourage blending and segmenting of sounds by making phonics into a game. From the phonics sounds selection screen, choose the sound that you want to work on, custom your own words, or simply revise all from phase 2. If you do decide to custom the sounds, you can choose words that perhaps children are struggling with, or even words that children are really good at to help build confidence. This is a great way to differentiate the games according to children’s ability.
Once children have got the hang of the games, you can can move on to include more difficult words for them to blend, thus aiding progression in phonics. By including a range of nonsense words, you can be sure that children are definitely working on their blending skills for reading, rather than simply guessing or sight reading a word. Although sight reading is a useful skill (and something that children should always be working towards), for the purposes of the year 1 phonics screening check, children have to be able to read and blend all of the sounds regardless of whether they are real or alien words.
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